After a very successful nine-year run with more than one million units sold globally, time has come for the first-generation Volvo XC60 to retire and make way for an all-new model. The overhauled luxury SUV took center stage in Geneva last month where it celebrated its European premiere and now it’s shining in U.S. attire under the spotlight of the New York Auto Show.
To understand how important the XC60 is for Volvo, it accounts for 30 percent of the company’s global sales, so it goes without saying the Geely-owned marque wants the new one to be just as successful. According to Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, the new XC60 adopts a “more athletic attitude” in terms of design compared to the larger models from the 90 series. Those sharp-looking Thor’s Hammer LED headlights should be familiar to fans of the Swedish brand, while inside the cozy cabin the Nappa leather upholstery and large nine-inch touchscreen contribute to the luxury feel provided by Volvo’s swanky new SUV.
As far as the oily bits are concerned, customers in United States will be able to place an order for the XC60 with the strong T8 Twin Engine hybrid setup delivering 400 horsepower as it does in the bigger 90 series models. For those willing to settle for less power and save money in the process, Volvo will also sell the model with a 316-hp T6 and a base 250-hp T5. As a side note, the engine lineup is broader in Europe as it also includes a couple of diesels: the 190-hp D4 and the 235-hp D5.
With this being a Volvo, it obviously has a tremendous amount of safety and assistance systems onboard, prompting the company to say it’s “one of the safest cars ever made.” The tech highlight would have to be an optional Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system smart enough to take care of steering, acceleration, and braking at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour while on well-marked roads.
Volvo will have the all-new XC60 on sale in the U.S. later this year, with pricing to be announced closer to the model’s launch.
Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC60
The 2018 XC60 replaces the current XC60 which has enjoyed a nine year run, with sales increasing globally within the last year. Over 1 Million XC60s have been sold globally and represents 30% of Volvo Cars’ global sales.
“The Volvo XC60 is an important car for Volvo in the United States,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President of the Americas; President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “It provides a new and more athletic attitude to the design language that was first shown in the 90 series cars.”
Elements of the new Volvo design language, including Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps, soft Nappa Leather and a 9 inch center touch screen bring a new standard of luxury to the mid-sized SUV market.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
The XC60’s performance will match the vehicle’s muscular looks. The T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Electric Hybrid will offer 400 horsepower. A gas-powerd T6 turbo-and-super charged engine will provide 316 horesepower and a T5 turbo engine will deliver 250 horsepower.
Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses – from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group. “We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph, is available in the new XC60 as an option.